Plants suitable for around waterfall should not be selected and arranged in complex plantings, but should be kept simple, so that they draw attention to the water. The colors and textures of waterfall plants are the cosmetic accessories that help to finish off your water garden feature.
Choices of Plants Suitable for Around Waterfall
Orange or Yellow Blossoms – Many flowering tropical plants suitable for planting near a waterfall have orange or yellow blossoms, including “Cherie” hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis “Cherie”) and Golden Moon wishbone flower (Torenia Golden Moon). “Cherie” hibiscus reaches 6 to 8 feet tall, forming a shrub. Performing best in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) plant hardiness zones 10 and 11, this heat-loving evergreen produces exotic-looking flowers with golden-orange blossoms that have maroon throats and ruffled petal edges; the flowers appear all summer and attract hummingbirds. Golden Moon wishbone flowers grow best in USDA zones 10 and 11 as annuals. Their intensely yellow spring and summer flowers have maroon throats and stamens that form a wishbone shape. These low-growing tropical flowers reach fewer than 6 inches tall and spread 6 to 12 inches wide.
Pink Blooms – Warm-pink blooms invite visitors to stop and admire tropical waterfall landscaping. Try growing Camarillo fiesta bougainvillea (Bougainvillea “Monle”) in USDA plant hardiness zones 10 and 11. This vine produces evergreen, 20- to 30-foot long stems covered with green leaves. All summer the vine is engulfed by showy, hot-pink blooms. The salt-spray-tolerant plant attracts hummingbirds. “Tropical Rose” canna (Canna x generalis “Tropical Rose”) grows rose-colored, butterfly-shaped summer flowers, adding colorful textures to a waterfall area. This flowering bulb plant reaches 18 to 30 inches tall and forms clumps 16 to 18 inches wide with lush green leaves. It grows well in USDA zones 7 through 11.
Purple Flowers – Several tropical plants suitable to grow near a waterfall produce purple-colored flowers. One example is the “Athens Blue” princess flower (Tibouchina urvilleana “Athens Blue”), which grows as an evergreen shrub in USDA zones 10 and 11 and has bright-green leaves tinted with yellow and red. Purple flowers flare wide open on the plant’s 7-foot tall mound in early spring and summer, and they attract butterflies. Purple amaranth (Amaranthus cruentus), which prefers moist locations such as the area around a waterfall, reaches 6 feet tall and features large, burgundy leaves and fuzzy-textured flower spires covered in tiny purple-red blossoms in summer. This annual creates clumps 1 to 3 feet wide when grown in USDA zones 9 and 10.
White Blooms – Neutral-colored flowers, such as white blossoms, draw attention when displayed against the dark background of some waterfall sites. Options include the white-blooming angel wing jasmine (Jaminum nitidum), which produces 10- to 15-foot long evergreen stems. This tropical vine spreads 3- to 4-feet wide in USDA plant hardiness zones 10 and 11. The fragrant plant covers itself throughout summer with showy, pinwheel-shaped blossoms that have purple tints under the petals. “Casablanca” Peruvian lilies (Alstroemeria “Casablanca”), suitable for USDA zones 8 through 11, grow amaryllis-shaped white flowers with red, yellow and pink markings. This summer-blooming flowers reaches 1 to 3 feet tall and wide.
Multicolored Blossoms – Multicolored blossoms bring many color combinations to a waterfall. These natural-color schemes take the guesswork out of matching colors of tropical flowers to a waterfall landscape. Among those plant varieties is Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia reginae), which stays evergreen in USDA zones 9 through 11 and produces orange and blue, birdlike flowers that attract hummingbirds. This exotic-looking plant with large, gray-green leaves reaches 3 to 5 feet tall and wide. Fuchsia (Fuchsia magellanica), another tropical plant with multicolored flowers, also can be planted near a waterfall. This tropical shrub grows best in USDA zones 6 through 9, reaching an upright 10 feet in height and covered in bi-colored, tubular flowers with flaring outer petals. This hardy tropical plant is available in red, pink, purple and white.
Tropical landscapes are not complete without a water feature to give visitors the sound of flowing water. A waterfall blends into a tropical theme and raises the area’s humidity, which benefits tropical plants. Usually a waterfall feature keeps soil moist with its water spray. Flowering tropical plants suitable for around waterfall need to be able to tolerate moist soil to survive. Using such tropical plants that produce brightly colored flowers can create a tropical ambiance at the waterfall.